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Hertl Will Play in All-Star Game for Team McDavid

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Tomas Hertl is going to play in the All-Star Game for Team McDavid.

There was some question of that, after the San Jose Sharks centerman missed the last two games before the All-Star break with a lower-body injury.

But Hertl confirmed that he’s going to play on Saturday during his All-Star Media Day availability.

Perhaps the biggest question was where Hertl would get picked in the All-Star Player Draft. Shades of Logan Couture in 2012, there was some thought that Hertl could be the last pick of the 2024 Draft.

“Go last. The car’s awesome,” the San Jose Sharks captain advised, of the Honda CrossTour that he won for being Mr. Irrelevant in Ottawa in 2012. “My brother drove it for like 10 years.”

“I don’t know if I really want to be last,” Hertl said last month. “Hopefully, somebody takes me out of there.”

Hertl, however, dropped to the last round, along with Vincent Trocheck, Frank Vatrano, and Oliver Bjorkstrand.

There was, however, no last pick, and Hertl, Trocheck, Vatrano, and Bjorkstrand found out who they’d be playing for via a random drawing of envelopes.

So no word if those four players won anything for finishing in last!

Trocheck beat Hertl to landing on Team Matthews, captained by Auston Matthews and celebrity captained by Justin Bieber. Famously, Hertl put on a Bieber mask for a shootout attempt during the 2020 All-Star Game.

The San Jose Sharks star will not participate in Friday’s All-Star Skills challenge, so he’ll have to wait until Saturday’s game for some redemption.

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